||EXCLUSIVE: POLICE FAIL TO ARREST MAN WHO MADE FACEBOOK DEATH THREATS TO LEADING HEAVY METAL BAND
6th May 2014
The original post with offender's name blanked out for legal reasons...
A top British Heavy Metal band have been subjected to a vicious and calculated death threat and have subsequently been totally let down by the British police and Facebook bosses, both of whom have failed to act.
As you can see from the screenshot above, a man from Barrow-In-Furness, thought to be in his mid-40s, made the following comment on Facebook:
"just kill them, storm the stage when they are playing and murder them,KILL KILL KILL, the fucking shits"
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In light of the Dimebag Daryl shooting, the Randy Blythe Czech fan death incident and the Dariya 'Nookie' Stavrovich (The Slot) stabbing incident two weeks ago (the singer was stabbed in the neck by a crazed 'fan' at a signing session), the band decided that they had no choice but to act.
A band spokesman told us: "If we had not acted and some crazed person had decided to act on the post in question, resulting in injury or worst to a band member or fan, we would have found that difficult to live with."
A leading member of the band contacted Facebook and asked for the post to be removed several times but the requests were completely ignored. He then wrote to Facebook chief and owner Mark Zuckerburg via all of his personal Facebook accounts and his personal email address and did not receive one solitary reply.
This is total dereliction of duty by Facebook as they have a big responsiblity to protect their client base from threats of physical violence.
The band member then contacted Cumbria police, the local constabulary of the offender's home town, and with great expectations, formally reported the matter.
The man was detained (which is not the same as being arrested) at a local police station for a short time and subsequently released without charge, the only stipulation being that he write a letter of apology to the band.
The letter has been received by the band and the offending post has been removed by the poster but Facebook or Zuckerburg have not responded to the many complaints that have been lodged with them.
The band's manager commented further: "We take any threat made towards one of our artists very seriously. Their safety comes first and it's our responsibility to ensure that they are able to travel and perform around the world without fear.
"A post on social networking site Facebook was recently brought to our attention and we were shocked by it's content. We felt that the police needed to be notified immediately and the perpetrator be brought to justice.
"We were disappointed that the person responsible was only brought in for questioning and not charged. We were also very concerned that Facebook failed to act after several complaints were made by us regarding the offending post. There was no communication from them whatsoever.
"Our artist involved in this hate crime will be embarking on a tour of Brazil next month followed by shows in Europe."
In August 2009 Keeley Houghton, 18, of Malvern, Worcestershire, was jailed for three months after she said she would kill Emily Moore. On her personal page, Houghton wrote: "Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a fucking liberty. Emily Fuckhead Moore."
In July 2013, Reece Elliot from South Shields was jailed for 28 months for making death threats to people in the US. He posted the messages on an online memorial page for a girl from Tennessee who had been killed in a car crash.
Using a false profile, Elliot, 24, wrote: "My father has three guns. I'm planning on killing him first and putting him in a dumpster. Then I'm taking the motor and I'm going in fast.
"I'm gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself. So you want to tell the deputy, I'm on my way."
In February 2014 22-year-old Andre Nesbett threatened to kill the mother of his child via social media messages and was sentenced to a year behind bars.
Nesbett wrote: "I will show up at every house you try to hide at and kill you."
In March 2012, Liam Stacey, 21, mocked Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a Tottenham v Bolton FA Cup match and was jailed for 56 days for "inciting racial hatred".
Stacey wrote: "LOL. Fuck Muamba. He's dead!!!"
There are many more examples of people being jailed for threatening behaviour via social media so the question is; why have the police failed to prosecute in this situation?
Would the police have prosecuted the man if he had made the threat against a music group or celebrity who they supported? We all know the answer to that one.
The bottom line is that prejudice towards the rock community still very much exists and at the highest level of society and we simply cannot rely upon the police or authorities to provide us with the protection that we effectively pay for.
Rock bands exist to provide enjoyment and entertainment to people and do not deserve to have their lives put under threat. The police have failed miserably in this case and should, God forbid, anything happen to this band as a result of this incident, they will be directly responsible.
It is no wonder that public confidence in them is at an all time low.